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spreadable butter with canola oil. land o' lakes, where simple goodness begins. now, good morning maryland at 9:00. good tuesday morning, thanks for joining us. it's not the prettiest morning out there. >> we'll make it something. it's going to get better later on in the week. tell us how to get the kids well rested. >> is it a challenge for you? >> it's the stall tactic. she'll tell you about it. it's always, five more minutes. let me do this. get to bed. so we are going to talk about how to get your kids well rested. we are also going to talk about this fundraiser coming up. 150 miles of biking. it's incredible. but it's all for a great cause. it's for the funding and research and multiple sclerosis. something the station has been passionate about. we are going to talk to a woman
who has ms and does this bike trek and just about the experience and why this is so important to her. all right, my good friend, mark, you've watched him for years. he has written a brand-new book. he is going to take us into the prison system with some eye opening stories here about people turning their lives around. that's coming up. and low cost mammograms. there's an event coming up. we'll tell you how you can get involved and how you can get into this. all of a sudden, you find yourself, what do you do now? i want to get to our hop topic and this is something that is upsetting all of us. violence against pit bulls in our city. it continues after a group of kids beat a puppy to death near a local golf course. this attack went down on saturday and it's just the latest in a series of violent incidents targeting this breed. abc2 news tells us, animal advocates are perplexed over
how to stop this. >> they are arguably one of the most vicious breeds of dogs. [ dogs barking ] in baltimore city, pit bulls become the targets of some of the most vicious attacks by humans. >> phoenix was set on fire. on easter, we had a case of pit bull being stoned with bricks and rocks. a dog being attacked. in the wake of a pair of teens allegedly setting phoenix on fire after dousing the pit bull with gasoline a year ago. she's disheartened now be the latest attack. a group of children beating a pit bull puppy near the golf course saturday when a group of golfers spotted them in the act. >> they tried to intervene. they chased the kids away. the golfers took the dog to the veterinarian and unfortunately,
the dog died in route. >> aggravated animal aabuse is a felony in maryland. >> come on, pup. >> if convicted, abusers can face up to three years behind bars, but such cases rarely, if ever make it to the courts. >> there's a lack of concern among a lot of the public. they think this is just a dog. this is just a cat. it's not worth my time to call the police or call animal control. but we know that there is a strong link between animal abuse and public violence. it's not simply animal abuse. we are trying to stop violence period. >> as to whether the children could have been reacting to a vicious dog, griffin says she doesn't think so. the beaten puppy didn't have its adult teeth and weighed under 6-pounds. making it almost impossible to defend itself. in southwest baltimore, jeff hager, abc2 news. >> an attorney is the chair of a task force to stop abuse like
this. thank you for coming in. >> thank you. >> we just heard from you in that story, these cases are so disgusting, but what is really disturbing on top of it, a lot of suspects are kids. >> that's alarming. people can't even comprehend how 10, 11-year-old children can inflict this kind of violence on an animal. >> how do we stop that? especially if they are children. do we need to go to the schools? how do we get the message to kids that this is completely unacceptable? is it the parents? >> it is everybody. the schools are a big part of it. the task force is trying to implement humane education into the city curriculum, but in the meantime, i think teachers can be our best friend. i hoping they talk about this incident, the importance we should be kind to animals and if children see another child abusing an animal, they need to tell your teacher or tell your parent.
it is a simple message. all the shelters are very happy to see school children and girl scout troops go to the shelter, because a picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes when children go to a shelter, it makes a strong impression on them. >> what does it say about our city that we have children dousing dogs with gasoline and starting them on fire. >> no, and so many of the crimes that are occurring against animals are being perpetrated by juveniles. and you'll have mental health therapists talk about it and it could be that they live with violence in their homes, but the problem is that people are not reporting these crimes. there seems to be a conspiracy, of silence. as long as these crimes are not being prosecuted for a lack of witnesses, we are going to continue seeing this. so, the public needs to recognize the importance of these crimes and report any information whatsoever to the police or to animal control. >> is that a big hurdle you
feel like you are facing, the lack of witnesses and prosecution sort of isn't able to do more with it? >> right. people are constantly saying we need to do something about it. very few cases are getting to court. investigations are getting stalled and so it's a very small minority of cases that are going to court. the phoenix case is really the only one that is scheduled for trial and we have seen time and time again these animals being mutilated and nothing is happening because the police don't have a witness to arrest. >> before we go, i know jeff hager's report focused on pit bulls, is this cats, too? i have done reports of cats abused in the city. >> last year, we saw five cats being mutilated. in each case, there was never a suspect. between phoenix and the dog being pelted with bricks on easter and the attack, we are seeing pit bulls now being the victims of crime more than any
other animal right now. >> all right, thank you so much for coming in. it's such a hard thing to talk about. jamie. >> golfers who tried to do something and save this puppy's life. they chased these kids off the golf course. at least they didn't stand by. of course we want your two cents and the recent increase on the dog abuse cases, especially involving children. we ask the following question, with the number of dog abuse cases involving children, what solutions are there to solve the problem? if you want to share your two cents on today's hot topic, log on to wmar facebook fan page and drop your comment or write in there. now, the forecast certified most accurate by weather rate and maryland's most powerful doppler radar. >> we switch gears and take a look outside. another dark and dreary day. feels like late winter, and we have time lapse, hd cameras to show you that you aren't alone.
you look out your window and it's depressing. this is now -- we have had ourselves periodic rain. you can see the rain bands as they float across the sky. you can see baltimore, a very, very wet image as the cars file into the parking lot. as we check out one more shot from parkville, this is on the topside of the beltway. yes, it's been all about that rain dragging itself across the sky. you'll notice the current conditions right now at parkville middle school, 51 degrees. it's that wind direction, that's the big deal. east to northeast. it's a light wind, coming more so off of the atlantic and it locks us into the moisture, picked up a quarter inch of rain so far today and since all this wet weather had rolled back in, we picked up over an inch. we have ourselves a wet pattern and soaked in once again from towson. we have our five suites, including maryland's radar and the heavier rain showing up in
the yellow. this is 97 through anarundel county, and pg county on the northeast side of the dc beltway. we are all in on the rain here and the heavy rain fell on the eastern shore with another burst crossing the bay bridge toward centerville, heading up towards kent county. just looks like it's lining up with i-95. another band on back towards our west, extending toward york and adams county. this is all in response to one storm system that is working its way off the coast. but the upper level system, the parent, if you will, of this pattern is pushing its way on into the ohio valley. this keeps us unsettled. this is the one that spawned the secondary storm and pulling in all this moisture. we have a wet, chilly pattern that will continue, and perhaps as we get through thursday and friday, we see improvement before the next system rolls in here. rain fall light to moderate,
continuing through the afternoon. keep that umbrella handy and the roads will be wet. we stay chilly in the 50s and heading through tonight and tomorrow, taper off with the dry air building in. 58 our 2-degree guarantee. periods of rain, if not inbetween the rain, drizzle and fog extending tonight. a quick peek at tomorrow, we'll get to 67. we'll check out the extended forecast coming up in the next half hour. back to you. >> before we go to break, the mayor was so upset with the animal abuse stories, she joined the mayor's task force in trying to stop this nonsense. thank you for getting involved. >> i just got involved. i just started calling with the maryland spca. i think everyone should be mad, whether you love animals or not. because it's a safety thing. >> i haven't done anything yet. >> at least you are involved. make sure your kids get a good night sleep means being a sleep teacher. >> it is one of our jobs as
parents to teach our children how to put themselves to sleep. >> coming up, we have ways to get kids getting a few more z's at night and parents also get a better night sleep. raising money for multiple sclerosis. >> plus, time to get those checkups done and one local hospital is making sure you can do it cheer this weekend. we'll tell you about a program coming up. [ male announcer ] are you watching cable?
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all right, now to our week long series on getting a better night sleep. getting your child proper sleep and rest can be a struggle. children need direction and guidance with a soothing bedtime routine to help them transition into sleep and that leads to a healthier life. how do you do it? abc2 news sat down with the sleep lady to find out how to get your kids well rested. >> it's something that many parents struggle with. getting your child to sleep and sleep through the night. many people take sleep for granted, but sleep is important to your child's health, learning, memory, and moods. kim west is a licensed certified social worker or better known as the sleep lady. she has written several books and helped several parents recognize their child's important cues and behaviors and create changes to healthy
sleep habits. west offers a list of top five suggestions to make sure your kids are well rested. first, make sleep a priority. second, provide an early bedtime, most children need 10 to 11 hours each night for the first ten years of their life. and don't skip naps. skipping naps and keeping your child up later will cause them to wake up early, wake up more frequently and cause poor quality sleep and pay attention to your child's sleep window. understand when your child is naturally ready to fall asleep. if you miss the natural opportunity, your child will get wired. the second will mean it takes your child longer to get to sleep and won't sleep later in the morning and finally, install room darkening shades. if your child wakes up early, the darkroom helps them sleep. >> putting yourself to sleep is a learned skill. and it is one of our jobs as parents to teach our children
how to put themselves to sleep. >> getting a good night sleep will not happen on its own. it has to be guided by parents. once you have your child on a schedule, you can plan your own day better and plan on having a happy, awake child. >> here she is, the star of sleep. how about that, kim west, our sleep lady here and so you start out as a family therapist, all of a sudden, boom, you are running your business and you see a problem with us, having sleep problems. >> yes. >> it was that bad? >> yes. everywhere. >> all right, tell me bedtime. what is bedtime for a 6-year- old? what's a good bedtime? >> i usually take the average amount of sleep and figure out when they have to wake up to get to school and then do the math back wards. >> post kids wake up by school, they should be in by 8:00. so let's say that. >> let's say your child has to wake up at 7:00 to have breakfast, to get to school,
and they need 10, 11 hours of sleep. they need to be asleep by 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. >> okay. so boom, you are in that bed. let me ask you about this. you have a baby and you have been with them since they were born. you are in that, you are patting them, you are laying down with them. you say hold on, got to break away from that? >> yeah, putting yourself to sleep a learned skill. it's a skill you have to have as an adult and so we have to help teach our children how to do that. >> how do you do that? what age should we be able to let them go? >> that's a big question. i say somewhere between 4 and 6 months you can start to put your baby down awake at that time and stay with us, but don't put them to sleep. allow them it the chance and the time to put themselves to sleep, to learn how to do it. >> you know, you raised your own. they get to that point where they get over tired, you crossed the fence, now it's
going to be a struggle. how do you beat them to the punch? >> you have to watch the clock and get them upstairs and early and start signaling to the body to slow down, get ready for sleep, darken the room, bath, books, quiet activity, so you can get that perfect window, for instance, you and i, it's between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. we get much past that, we get a second wind, too. >> so you have to calm things down. >> how do you make kids like sleep? is there a way you can do that? >> i think that's easy, because i like sleep. i think that if you think about all the exciting things they can dream about and their cozy bed. >> i love it. keep talking. i like it. i'm going to take a nap right now. you encourage naps? >> for children, of course. i'd like to take a nap, too, but we don't get much chance for that. >> out of ten people you run into, how many get that 8 hours of sleep a night?
>> i would say one. >> and it shows. what does it show? we are weary, not making good decisions. >> we are depressed, most of all, we have short-term memory loss. we can't remember things. we keep thinking, did i call the person? this kind of thing. >> so for kids, give them a bedtime and stick with the schedule and by the time next tuesday, shay should know it's time for bed, let's go. >> absolutely. but we have to always be directing it. very rarely do our kids say oh, i think i'll go upstairs and go to bed now. >> what's the best trick you have heard from a parent that passed it down to you. i did this, is there some kind of trick that you thought, that's a great idea? >> i think it's making sleep a priority, that there are certain things that are not negotiateable. lights out is lights out. >> tim, thanks for coming in.
i love that job, the sleep lady. megan. some mornings, let's be honest, you are. we always hear about how you can walk to raise money, but coming up, we'll tell you how you can get on two wheels, see more of maryland, and spend a weekend fighting multiple sclerosis. we'll tell you all about it coming up. storm gear and consideration provided by l.l. beam. [ male announcer ] are you watching cable?
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you are watching the station that works for you. >> it is hard to imagine biking 150 miles for more than two days. if that bike ride was raising money for a friend or family member suffering from multiple sclerosis, it is called the chesapeake challenge and kim blair who has ms is a top fundraiser. the ms society, thanks so much for coming in. >> thank you. so, i think somebody would say to you, wow, you were diagnosed ten years ago, but you still do this bike ride. how is this possible and why do you do it? >> i feel like i have been given the blessing of staying pretty much healthy with ms, yes, i don't look like what you would envision somebody with multiple sclerosis, but that's the perplexing thing about the disease. today i look like this, and
tomorrow i wake up and i can't see or i can't walk. so to me, it's the clear mission that i have been graced with staying healthy, so i have to get out there and ride for those that can't. >> and you have done this before. 150 miles sounds insane. >> year to year, it's very different. it can be 105 degrees or it can be windy and wet. it's a long time on the bike. but the pain of what you are going through is still better than most days living with disability. >> and you guys must hear stories along the way, just from people who either are biking for a mother or, you know, a father or friend, what is the purpose behind the walk? >> absolutely. a lot of our participants like to raise awareness. they have coworkers, and friends. and in addition to raising awareness, it's raising funds, which support research as well
as local programs and services for marylanders and their families. >> people always want to know where the money goes and either one of you could answer this. in ten years, have you seen ms research improve? >> absolutely. we are getting -- i personally take three shots a week. pretty evil shots that make you sick and don't feel good at all. but they keep the disease from getting the best of me. so, we are getting so close to an oral medication, which will allow people who can't give shots to themselves. the research is amazing. >> some say, why 150 miles? do you have the reason that it is this far? i guess to make a point? >> it's the challenge of the event. it's a physical challenge. a lot of the participates raise $300 or more to participate and then they are training for this event, so they are challenging themselves as well. >> do you know how much money
you have raised so far? >> a lot. >> that's what we like to hear. around $10,000. >> that's awesome. tell people where the race is, when it starts and how they can get involved. >> it's this weekend, may 23. it's being held in chestertown, maryland, at washington college, and there is still time to donate to the event and we still need volunteers. >> volunteers really make it. all the information is there on your screen. if you can't bike the 150 miles, volunteer. if you missed it, we'll put it on our website. thank you so much for coming in. >> ladies, the summer is almost here and nobody wants to be surprised by an unexpected health concern. coming up next, we'll tell you why women have a chance to get a checkup on a number of things, including mammograms a the a discounted price this weekend. hi. i'm jim perdue.
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spilled the mike when he is the one that did it, you may not want to get mad. an indicator of a child's early intelligence. it's a sign they reached a new developmental milestone. children who have better development lie because they can cover up their tracks. they have developed the ability to carry out complex juggling acts, which involve keeping the truth at the back of their brain. so, something to consider at least, a study. all right, something that we do want to talk about that we hear over and over again and we can't say enough. mammograms save lives and we want to tell you about an event where you can get it done at a discounted price. so marcia is a nurse who is from the breast center at mercy hospital joining us. thank you for coming in. >> thank you. >> this is a passion for you, because it's personal. >> yes, very much so. it's very passionate that women have mammography when possible as early as the ages will let them have it, because i have also been the patient.
so, i want people to know that if you have a mammogram, it shows an abnormality. >> right. right. and i mean, as a breast cancer survivor, i imagine, and a nurse, it has to be a comfort for people to hear this from you. >> it's surprising, it's not a secret, but surprising when you say the nurse in the breast center also had breast cancer. for patients, it is comforting for them that when you say, i understand, that i really do understand. >> does price sometimes get in the way of detection and mammograms and exams? >> yes, it does. and we have looked at what the average cost of mammograms are and they are somewhere around $400 just to start. and so if you are working, but don't have insurance and you need to buy groceries or pay the rent, you are not necessarily going to have a mammogram and that is why this event that we are doing saturday is wonderful because you can have a mammogram if you fall in that category, you
don't have enough money for $20. and so that is a real bonus for somebody who has been thinking about it and just hasn't gone ahead and taken that next step. >> well, and i think that's one thing we always hear about it, the price of things and it's awesome you are offering something free. what is this event? where is it? let's give everybody the details. >> the event is this saturday, which is the 22nd of the month and it is at mercy and it will be in the wineburg building. and you have to register. the phone number is 310-9857. >> it's right there on your screen. and also a website to go to. >> right. and we are also doing, for gentleman. we hope husbands and wifes will come to this. we have one of the physicians who is a neurologist who is going to be there in the morning. again, you must register, so you know how many people are coming and one physician going to be enough for what we need
to do? >> do you know how many days in advance you need to register? >> the event is saturday. i would think we would love to hear from somebody through lunchtime or friday. and so if they are not able to fill out the application process ahead of time, they need to call us so we can get it online before they come in. there are those things about, if you don't have a physician, that's okay. we've made arrangements to have reports go to physicians at the hospital. if they say, i would like to do this, but i don't have a family physician. medicare only pays for a mammogram every other year. so there's a woman out there in the medicare category who said, you know, i really like to have a mammogram this year, she certainly could call and register for her off year, we need to have proof that she in fact is on our off year. the other thing is, we aren't taking problems. so somebody found a big lump or a problem, that's not what this is about. this is about that early
screening, is there a problem early and that's what this is about, in addition to the same thing with prostates for the gentleman. >> and this is when it saves your life, when you detect it early. this is the time to go. >> save your life, but gives you options for what you want to do. whether you want to have a lumpectomy, or you need to have a mastectomy, all of that gets involved with trying to do something early. >> thank you so much. >> thank you for having me. >> we have the information on the screen. we'll put everything up for you. thank you, marcia. jamie. >> michael from the cancer treatment center of america joins us this morning. michael, it's going to get personal we have a number of people that have taken off a leave of absence, while mom and dad and sister are in the other room. they are called care givers, we call them saints. but this is -- nobody has a manual on how to be a care giver. what are you going through?
> cancer treatment centers of america gives you classes on health, spiritualty, and help and healing and care giving. care giving is by far the hardest topic to talk about. the reason is because patients and care givers have this relationship and care givers don't want to talk with the patient about how difficult it is with them. we teach courses, one on one, small groups with their care givers at cancer treatment centers of america, as well as seminars, where patients and care givers together. and invariably, care givers find it to be a relief to be able to talk and how difficult their life is. >> they have to be the ones, climb on my back, i'll carry them. >> they have no place to let it loose.
research shows that care givers experience more stress and more depression than the patients themselves. let me ask you something. how can you possibly say you are giving patient centered care, that you really care about a patient and ignore the needs of the care giver? healthcare professionals have long realized that the most important people in the healthcare team, doctors and physicians are important, but care givers, they are there 24/7. >> they can't run away. >> day in and day out. i'm there 8 or 10 hours a day. they are there throughout. and so making sure that their needs are being met is critically important. if what you want is the best care for a patient. >> how do you give them a break, michael? how do these stars of the bedside, how do they get a break? >> well, that's something they need to negotiate with their loved ones that they are caring for. they need to have these conversations. they don't have them because often the care giver feels
guilty ever leaving the side of the patient. if they realized, which we attempted to help them better understand, they realize it's in their best interest to allow their care givers to detach for a while. make sure they are engaging in good self-care as well. that's all part of the education process. >> what is the best tip you have heard? >> well, the tip that i think is the most helpful tip is don't do anything for a patient that they can do for themselves. >> okay. >> quite often, care givers feel like because they are in this role, suddenly thrown into it, they need to be the all being, all annoying care giving person for the patient when reality is, what we really want to do is empower them. help them make their own decisions. help them do things that they can do for themselves, instead of feeling pity. we tell our patients that we do
a lot of things. it will take ten minutes before you feel pitiful. i'll have a real people around the hospital in a wheelchair and you come up with the doors. i wheel the chair over, and let them do it. they aren't helpless. we are trying to empower our patients not to feel sorry for them. >> very good. thank you for care giving. >> all right. from the cancer treatment centers of america, making the trip as always down from philadelphia. >> thank you, sir. >> all right, megan. >> thanks, jamie. coming up at 9:00. prisoners behind bars turn to christ. turning up, a local author, we are going to introduce you to him. how lives are changing. and, who is going to dance off the floor tonight? the final four will be thrown to the top three tonight on abc2, but not before an incredible night of dancing. i think this picture says it all. we have some rain, we have some
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you're watching the station that works for you. good morning maryland at 9:00. >> 12, 10, 8, those are the scores that the judges gave out. george takes a look at incredible semifinal night. >> nicole and her partner scored triple ten's for a tango, judge len called more delicious than his grandmother's apple pie. they came back with the cha cha that gave them 29 more points. >> we are on a huge high, it might be the flowers. >> we are on a huge high, why? because there was so much love in that house tonight. it felt so good and you know how you always tell me to enjoy it, well i was enjoying it tonight, every moment. >> kevin lysacek had an almost
flawless fox trot, 29. then came back with 10, 10, 10, for a perfect dance. >> we gave 100%, we always do, and we hope that's enough. we train on no sleep, no food, we don't have time to take one second to breathe and she has given me 100% since the first day we started and i wanted to just throw it all back at her. >> just three points away, erin andrews and maxim, and 29 out of 30 for their passionate pasadoble. >> i think she deserves to be in the final, because of where we came from. and she is peeking. we have 29 and we seen 10's. >> cheryl burke saw all 9's for their. it may be last place, but chad who has a huge following on twitter is looking for more
fans, offering $10,000 to his 1 millionth follower. >> somebody is tracking it for me, so i'm going to bless somebody. >> sounds like a way to get in the finals, by getting extra fans. >> yeah, the fan base, cheryl and i's fanbase is pretty big. >> tonight is the unkind cut of all, one of the four semifinalists will not make it on to the finals. we'll find out who that is at your results show. in los angeles, for abc news. >> all right, you can see who makes it to the finals and who is the 1 00th couple eliminated from "dancing with the stars." it all starts at 8:00. jamie. i'm going to get choked up doing this interview. mark who nose the story when he sees one and one of baltimore's greatest writers. has written his first book. first of many, i have a feeling. >> i hope so. >> this is called christ bars none, and mark now works for public safety here in our state. what made you write the book? >> it's a thrill to be back,
first of all. when i left channel 2, i didn't know what was going to happen to me and they say god puts you in situations, even if you aren't sure if it's the right situation, he is sure it is right. i ended up working for public safety. and the more i traveled across the state into the prisons, the more unbelievable stories god put in front of me. this was not jailhouse religion, these were people that were truly changed, chaplains who gave up six figure jobs to work with inmates in the prisons. inmates that were born again christians and i said to myself, this is a story that needs to be told. it's really just an amazing thing that god put these people in front of me. >> when we pick it up and say we aren't sympathetic to these characters that you have in the book, but you make them after they get out. >> they were anything but sympathetic characters when they went into prison. many of them were gun toting,
drug addicted criminals. some did have christian backgrounds, some did not. what happened in prison is just an amazing thing. they were transformed. they became christian people, some of them now are out, going back into the prisons, ministering and singing to the inmates. it's just a series of remarkable stories that i felt had to be told. >> was it one man you heard about that sparked this or -- >> it was. and he's not in the book. the interesting thing is, he was a tremendous athlete in his sport, one of the best athletes and his best friend became an olympic gold medalist. and this guy went to prison for 20 or 30 years for manslaughter or for attempted murder, and his story in prison was so compelling to me to see what he had become, that was one of the first ideas i had to write the book. ultimately, he chose not to be in the book, but it was his story that compelled me to seek out these other folks and they ended up being in the book and
they're stories are equally compelling. >> they are a changed man, they are a changed man, are they? >> these folks really are. there is jailhouse religion, which is a religion of convenience, whether it is muslim, there are people who tend to gravitate toward religious things, just to do it. they may not really feel it in their hearts. there is soul changing transformation in these prisons. >> and the chaplains, you wrote about the chaplains. you don't hear anything about them. >> they are heros, as i say, one of them gave up a six figure job to be a chaplain. another one was a fellow you would know. he was a television camera man, a studio camera man and out in the field for many years. then he was a s.w.a.t. cop and he became a chaplain. his heart was not settled until he became a chaplain. he gave up two careers. so the stories of the chaplains are amazing. some of them were locked up themselves and now their job is to minister the people. >> i'm proud of you.
>> i keep you and your family in your prayer. it's great to be back, of many wonderful memories and spent a lot of years here and wish you all the best and particularly you, because you and i are twin sons from different mothers. >> all right mark, go get the book. it's called christ fares none. drop me an e-mail or go to your bookstore. we'll be right back. great job.
like to blame the sleep lady, but i think it's the weather that put a spell on us. i'm getting all these e-mails like i have something to do with the weather. stuck with a wet, cool pattern for another day. we have our easterly flow keeping us at 50. even back towards elequete city. fairly uniform conditions. look at north for the maryland science center, of course we are facing that north to northeasterly wind and the periods of rain continue as you can watch. moderate rain fall extending its way through kingsville and through the bell air area,
coming off of 95. and extend down towards bwi and the bwi parkway down towards pg county. we are in and out of the moderate rain band right now. it does ease up a little bit. but there's some mist and drizzle inbetween. we are on the outer fringe, and there is another wave of low pressure on towards the west. it's going to enhance the entire environment and keep us unstable. more showers are likely to redevelop throughout the day, throughout tomorrow, and finally hopefully break this pattern, but this afternoon, again plan for it. not a complete steady deluge, but some periods where the rain fall could be moderate at times. we stay raw, patchy fog and tomorrow morning, lingering showers. now the dry air tries to pull in as we shake this entire system out as we head through thursday and friday. here's the way it plays out for
today. again, we have been holding, locked in at around 50. this will be a struggle to get back up there. we'll try to aim for the upper 50s. we are down to 50 overnight and as we head through tomorrow, just some showers, the rain we've had today, 67. we will try to flip the numbers and push that to 76. that should be nice. 83 on friday and back to the 70s with more of that wet stuff over the weekend. >> i have not seen a stink bug since it started raining. >> we have seen them before? >> all over the place. haven't you known? >> really, you? >> and the high class neighbors. >> and they what? >> they smell. >> they do? > take them outside. that's what i do with all of them. >> escort them right out the door. >> very nice. >> thank you so much for watching. [ male announcer ] are you watching cable?
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